Last week a PR firm that represents the contestants from the new MTV Reality Television series “P. Diddy’s Star Maker”. They asked if I would be interested in interviewing any of the contestants. To be honest I laughed my ass off because I had to figure that there was no humanly possible way that a PR flack actually read my blog and if they did there was no way in hell they would put one of their clients in front of me. I replied to the e-mail not expecting much and instead got set up to speak with Lauriana Mae one of the contestants on the show.
Immediately I considered this a win and threw up some possible questions I would ask to the people that are following me on Facebook, each one worse than the other. A few people suggested some other questions that were equally annoying and I was ready to go. I figured there was no way that I was going to get through more than three questions with her before a PR Rep hung up the line or she cut off the interview.
Instead Lauriana replied to every single one of my jerkass questions with composure. She didn’t get offended at ALL and was charming, diplomatic, and downright likeable. So instead of writing a post about how I got hung up on I have an entire interview. (that has been edited slightly for length)
Here is our interview:
I read your bio and saw that you had an interesting mix of musical tastes. What artists do you consider influences?
My major influences have been artists from the 20s and 30s. Including Ella Fitzgerald, Ruth Brown, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Ray Charles.
(I did a horrible job at writing down the names because I was looking for a pen… Rather professional I know.)
Since you have this older taste in music how will it blend with what is currently out there?
I feel like I am finally at a place with my music where I can blend classic jazz, R&B, and other styles with contemporary music. I have been told that I dress like an old lady sometimes and that is something they address on the show, “We know you look up to these older artists but you need to be hip.”
(At this point I decided to dive into the questions that I had written down… Figuring the interview would end quickly after this.)
Aubrey O’Day… whore or roadmap to success for MTV reality show contestants?
One… I would never call anyone a whore. Two, it depends on what your goals are and what you consider a success, she got us talking about her didn’t she?
Good point… Did you ever call Diddy Kayne?
No… Never called him that.
Did you try out for American Idol?
I have tried out for everything to get my foot in the door. This was the best experience by far. I got to live in a house and just concentrate on my music and was able to showcase my work every week. No contact with friends or family, which was rough, but having just my music to focus on was awesome.
Do you think auto tuning is the worst thing to happen to music?
Depends on how you look at it. I personally do not like to use or prefer not to use auto tune. Some great things have been done with auto tune this year.
(At this point I asked if they coached her on these interviews because she was so perfectly neutral. She said it was the opposite that they just gave her a list and said these are the interview times we landed for you. At that point I said she probably didn’t even know who I was and probably has never read my blog… She made a comment about the Harry Potter is Racist blog post, apparently she knew what she was getting into with me. Time to go for the big question to throw her off her game.)
Did Puffy kill Biggie?
No, no, no, no, no….
(At this point I ran out of all my jerk questions and couldn’t believe I was still on the phone with her. So I had to improvise a little bit.)
What is next for you?
So that was that, my first on phone pseudo celebrity interview and I couldn’t even get them to angrily hang up on me.
I am such a failure. Oh and good luck to Lauriana, Starmaker airs on Sunday Nights starting on August 16th on MTV at 10pm.